Rightwing podcaster Joe Rogan admitted on his show The Joe Rogan Experience that his story about a school where a litter box was installed so that a student-furry could defecate in it was false, but he shared it anyway with his millions of listeners. At least four more school districts this week have had to try to quell rumors that they have litter boxes in their restrooms.
“My friend, his wife is a school teacher, and she works at a school that had to install a litter box in the girls’ room because there’s a girl who’s a furry, who identifies as an animal and her mother badgered the school until they agreed to put a litter box in one of the stalls,” Rogan told former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on his podcast last month. “So this girl goes into the litter room or to the girl’s room and urinates or whatever — I don’t know if she poops in it, that’s pretty gross.”
“That’s the worst thing in the world about owning cats, you gotta clean that box of piss every day,” Rogan continued. “Imagine how f**king crazy that is. You’re a human and you prefer a litter box? You want to piss into a pile of sand rather than use a bathroom, flush a toilet, wipe yourself, like a normal person. Like, you’re so crazy with what you think an animal is that not only have you said this, but you’ve conned the school into putting this f**king litter box in a girl’s room. That’s just bananas.”
Joe Rogan tells Tulsi Gabbard about a teacher he knows who said her school was forced to install a litter box for a student who identifies as a cat. pic.twitter.com/jqU4T1V9Nl
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Rogan walked the story back last week.
“The kitty litter boxes is a weird one,” he said on his podcast on October 26. “I fed into that.”
He said that his friend’s wife is a teacher and that she said there were “discussions in the school that a mother wanted to put a litter box in one of the bathrooms.”
Rogan said that he got mocked online for talking about the litter boxes in schools, and that the friend’s wife didn’t actually work at the school he was thinking of when he told the story.
“I don’t think they actually did it. I think there was discussions about doing it because there was one particularly wacky mother, but there is…. It doesn’t seem that there’s any proof that they put a litter box in there.”
He then claimed that he once heard that someone wanted to use a litter box in a hotel in Pittsburgh ten years ago, which he said made him believe the rumor about litter boxes in schools now. He said people should still be concerned about “this nonsense getting into schools.”